Jun 8, 2017

Extreme rainfall over South Florida leaves widespread flooding

Florida
USA
by
The Watchers
Photo: The Watchers
Photo: The Watchers

Most of South Florida is in a severe drought condition, but just several days of heavy rain turned out to be sufficient for widespread flooding. The rain is coming in waves and it seems the region will not be out of it at least until Saturday, June 10, 2017.

What was left of deadly Tropical Storm "Beatriz" after it dumped heavy rain over Mexico late last week interacted with a storm dropping out of the Southern Plains, causing a drastic increase of the moisture in the atmosphere over South Florida.

"With the moisture in place and the weather pattern setup the way it is, rainfall is developing over the same region and moving over the same areas day after day. Initially, this area where the rain was focused was along Alligator Alley putting tremendous amounts of rain down from Naples east to Fort Lauderdale. After three days of rain, amounts close to a 1 foot (305 mm) have been reported mainly across the Gulf Coast," Dave Warren of CBS Miami said.

Most of South Florida is in a severe drought condition, but just several days of heavy rain turned out to be sufficient for widespread flooding. The rain is coming in waves and it seems the region will not be out of it at least until Saturday, June 10, 2017.

What was left of deadly Tropical Storm "Beatriz" after it dumped heavy rain over Mexico late last week interacted with a storm dropping out of the Southern Plains, causing a drastic increase of the moisture in the atmosphere over South Florida.

"With the moisture in place and the weather pattern setup the way it is, rainfall is developing over the same region and moving over the same areas day after day. Initially, this area where the rain was focused was along Alligator Alley putting tremendous amounts of rain down from Naples east to Fort Lauderdale. After three days of rain, amounts close to a 1 foot (305 mm) have been reported mainly across the Gulf Coast," Dave Warren of CBS Miami said.

According to data provided by NASA/JAXA Global Precipitation Mission (GPM), southeastern Florida received over 482 mm (19 inches) between June 1 and7. Record rainfall has been reported in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm, leading to flooding and flight cancellations.